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قلعة سكوتني - الصندوق الوطني

هذه المرة نستكشف قصرًا ريفيًا على الطراز الفيكتوري مع قلعة من الخندق من القرن الرابع عشر وحدائق شاعرية مذهلة وغابات تغطي 770 فدانًا.

إذا كنت تقرأ حتى النهاية ، يمكنك أيضًا مشاهدة جولة الفيديو الافتراضية الخاصة بنا.


هذه قلعة سكوتني في كنت إنكلترا

تصل إلى ضواحي العقار مثل العديد من ممتلكات National Trust الأخرى ، وهناك الكثير من مواقف السيارات والمقهى والمتجر والمراحيض الوحيدة في الحوزة تقع هنا.


الأراضي واسعة النطاق توفر للزائر يومًا كاملاً من الأنشطة ، وتتم مشاركة مسارات الغابات والمتنزهات مع ماشية ساسكس والأغنام والخيول التي ترعى في ممتلكاتنا. الكلاب مسموح بها على الخيوط.



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يمتلك العقار ما يقرب من 1000 عام من التاريخ مع أول مالك مسجل في عام 1137 ، أعطى لامبرت دي سكوتيني العقار اسمه.

The one-way system guides you down into the landscaped gardens, past the new Scotney Castle which we'll see more of later. As we walk down the incline we get our first glimpse of Old Scotney Castle in the distance.

The gardens in this area are perfect for a picnic and depending on what time of year you visit, dazzling displays of flowers can be seen. A late summer trip for us meant most of these were over, and the golden colours of autumn had yet to start.


Roger Ashburnham is credited with building the castle in 1378 originally designed to be a fortified house with a tower in each corner encircled by a mote. Built at the time when the 100-year war turned against England and a french invasion was possible.


The castle never saw any military conflict and similarly to other buildings fortified around that time, Most notably Bodiam Castle there is lots of argument as to whether the fortifications and mote could have really held back any aggressors.

Bodiam Castle is just 12 miles away from Scotney and also a National Trust property well worth visiting.



By 1558 its believed that only the southern tower remained and in 1580 the southern wing was rebuilt in an Elizabethan architectural style.



In the late 1500s, Catholicism was illegal in England under Elizabethan law.

Thomas Darrell, a staunch catholic and then-current owner of the castle managed to hide a Jesuit priest Richard Blount within the castle, for several years.

Priests caught ministering to the catholic population were often executed for treason.

Some catholic properties had what were known as ‘priest holes’, hidden rooms where priests could hide for authorities. Scotney Old Castle was raided twice, and on the second raid, Blount evaded arrest by swimming the moat and fleeing. The priest hole can still be seen on one of the staircase landings, sadly going inside today is not allowed due to social distancing.



The Darrell family owned the estate for some 350 years

The one-way system, leads you out across a stone bridge to the far side of the mote for a walk down a gnarly twisted wooded arched path, like something out of the game of throne, for views of the rotting boathouse, and then one to a charming bridge for a long-distance view of the old castle.





The walk here among the tall trees some hundreds of years old is quite beautiful.


In 1778 Edward Hussey III bought the estate, but family problems and misfortune meant they left the home but retained ownership and the property continued to deteriorate until the mid-1830s when Edward’s Grandson another Edward moved back. A keen gardener his inspiring landscape design seen today is largely based on landscape paintings, something is commonly done in the victorian era.




The far side of the castle now in ruins is like this by no accident. The Hussey family gave it a helping hand to create a dramatic and romantic look and a focal point from the new house that Edward built on higher ground overlooking the old castle. The home we briefly saw at the beginning of the tour, and where we’ll be heading shortly.




Having walked around the outskirts of the old castle the path leads back up the hill to the new newer portion of the estate, I say new it’s still nearly 200 years ago. We pass an unusual hut covered with straw. This was the ice house, in winter blocks of ice were taken from the mote and stored in this hut for use in the house amazing they kept until summer.



Edward built the 'new' Castle with Architect Anthony Salvin from quarried sandstone within the estate. In fact, it was Salvin responsible for the wood panelling inside the house, and most of the significant furniture of the house. Sadly we will need to come back another time to guide you around the inside and show you the magnificent victorian decor that really is very special.


It’s a treasure trove of history and curiosities accumulated by the Hussey family.

Volunteers found hidden away in an attic a black metal trunk that contained diaries and a collection of items from a Commanding Officer from World War I – Commander Arthur Hussey. All this material is displayed in an exhibit called Arthur’s War.

Over the entrance you can see the family motto which is Latin for “We scarcely call these things our own”, I’m not really sure why that was their motto if you know please let us know in the comments below.


Christopher Hussey was the last of the line to live in Scotney castle up to 1970 when he passed away. He left the estate in the capable hands of the National Trust, and for us all to enjoy.


Interestingly various apartments in the New Castle have been let out by the Trust most notably Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister stayed in an apartment regularly during her parliamentary years. The site has also been used as a filming location with the 1979 film Yanks with Richard Gere using the properly.

As the tour ends we find ourselves back at the cafe and shop where you can buy garden items from the estate, browse the national trust merchandise.



If you want to do an estate Download an estate map from the website to show you some of the many trails available or pick up a leaflet at the welcome entrance. We’ll put a link in our description to the map.


You can also watch our virtual video tour of Scotney Castle here.

We have many more National Trust guides on our website, like Winston Churchills Home Chartwell or the stunning Sissinghurst Castle gardens, be sure to check them out.


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